Legendary Golfer Jack Nicklaus' First Professional Check Was for $33.33

Tristan ThornburghSocial Media StaffJanuary 9, 2014

via Jack Nicklaus' Instagram

Legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus ranks third all time in PGA Tour wins and earned a total of $26 million throughout his career. His very first check was for $33.33, earned in 1962 for a three-way tie for 50th place at the Los Angeles Open.

Shared on his Instagram, the caption explains more: 

On this day 52 years ago, rookie Jack Nicklaus made his first check as a professional at the Los Angeles Open when he was part of a three-way tie for 50th place, winning $33.33. "All through the years,” Jack explained, “people have said, 'You won WHAT the first time?! $33.33?!’ ” The Golden Bear then jokes, “Yes and I wonder whatever happened to that extra penny." #goldenbear #nicklaus #golf #history


Hat tip to Mike Foss of USA Today's FTW for the find. 

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